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>> how much does this come down to trust? >> trust -- as far as trust, this guy here has to know what his animals are. >> can you ever trust these wild animals? >> not necessarily trust. >> or they will do what comes naturally? >> they come -- >> jesus. never have i wanted to end the show more than i do right now. you know what, jack? >> we may never be back. >> it's been an experience. >> i'll shake your hand. >> it's been fascinating. thanks to jack hanna. and the columbus zoo. tune in for jack hanna's wild countdown. that is all for us tonight. i'm going to have a cold shower. good evening. hello, everyone, i'm don
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lemon, thanks for joining us. we are watching two major stories affecting your world tonight. one the health of the u.s. secretary of state. hillary clinton is in the hospital right now with a blood clot. stay right there. full details on her condition and prognosis. also tonight, say the words with me here, fiscal cliff. no vote yet, no agreement yet. and not a lot of time left. can you say one more day? we're going to start with the secretary of state, hillary clinton, hospitalized with a blood clot. it was discovered today during a follow-up exam. doctors say it is related to a concussion she suffered earlier this month. you'll recall the former first lady was suffering from a stomach virus when she fainted. i want to bring in cnn's chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. she was just cleared to return to work this week, and now this. >> first of all, there are a couple things that are important.
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admittedly, the details are vague, don. it sounds like she went in for a routine exam, they found a clot, a blood clot, they did not specify where this clot was located. she's hospitalized on blood thinners, anti-coagulants, as you mentioned. these are important points. from a medical perspective, first of all, finding this on a routine exam means that she didn't go in for some particular new problem or concern. and the fact that she's on blood thinners, specifically for this, really suggests to me -- as a neurosurgeon we see this all the time -- that this is not a blood clot that's located in the brain, but rather somewhere else in the body. probably the legs, for example, and that's something you would typically use anti-coagulants for. i think what was tough to decipher was that they said this was related to the concussion, but not so much as a result of
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the head injury itself. but maybe because she had to take rest, be in bed or not doing much. and that could put someone at increased risk for a blood clot or deep veinous thrombosis in the leg. that typically comes about from inactivity or decreased activity, don. >> and she was told to decrease her activity because of the concussion. dr. gupta, the question is, for going into a doctor, though, for a routine checkup on a sunday, wouldn't -- wouldn't you think she had to be symptomatic or something to go to the hospital or have a checkup on a sunday? >> i do. i think that's a good point, don. i mean obviously when you're secretary of state, and when you're hillary clinton, frankly, and as you know, don, someone who i know well, i worked for her in the past, but maybe she had some leg pain, maybe there was something that was bothering her a little bit.
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i think the threshold, don, what i'm saying is, was a little bit lower in terms of getting checked out. in this case what would happen is, if someone had leg pain or felt a knot or a clot in the leg somehow, they would do an ultrasound which is a noninvasive test. you do an ultrasound of the leg and look to see if there's a clot there. if there's a clot there, in and of it -- or she could have had leg swelling, for example, if there's a clot, that in and of itself is not necessarily a problem. but you worry that it could break free and possibly cause what is known as a pulmonary embolism, it would break free and go to the lung and cause a problem. that's why the blood thinners are used, to try to thin out the blood, break up the clot and prevent that from happening. >> right. >> we are all speculating here a bit in part because the secretary's office has been a little bit vague in terms of describing what's going on.
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but that is the most likely scenario. >> dr. sanjay gupta, thank you. i have elise lavette on the phone with me. you travelled with the secretary of state, you watch her work, you see the pace she keeps. this is a tireless woman, not used to slowing down. >> definitely not. this is a woman who we can't even keep up with her, the pace that she goes, especially on the road, but also here in washington is really relentless. this is not someone who just flies in and meets with a foreign minister, with a leader or president and has a dinner. this is someone who's constantly going on the road, meeting with civil society groups, meeting with opposition groups. someone who really doesn't slow down, and i think, don, she got this flu, this stomach virus during her last trip, and then it had a cumulative effect from there. she was ill, she was dehydrated, she fainted. she had a concussion, and now we see that she has this blood clot. we were researching a little
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bit, we did see that in 1998 during the midterm election for her husband, president clinton, she also was treated for a blood clot and wa on blood thenners and was also at the time keeping this hectic pace. so it does seem she has a history with these type of clots, but it is i think over the last few months, she's really been tired. she even said in a recent interview with barbara walters. she said, barbara, i'm really tired. i think that just the last few months have really taken a toll on her, don. >> elise, with this job we fly a lot. i usually fly domestically and it can take a toll on you, but when you're flying internationally, you are in and out of the air. in and out of different hotel rooms. did you notice anything recently besides her saying, i'm tired? >> i think a lot of people have said, you know, when they know you're covering hillary clinton, they'll say to you, she looks
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tid, she looks tired. i think just the pace of the last four months, you know, everyone's been wondering, is she going to run for president in 2016? and when you ask her whether she's going to, she says -- a lot of people don't necessarily believe her. but she says, no. i think one of the things is, even if she believes it right now, i think a lot of people think she just needs some rest, she needs to slow down, and there have been people that have been worried about the pace that she's taking. because this is not someone who's saying no, i can't do that. this is someone to her staff is saying, come on, we can fit one more thing in, one more meeting, one more country in. sometimes i travelled to three countries in a day with secretary clinton. and i think one of the last few weeks as she's been suffering from this horrible flu and concussion has been making sure her doctors -- making sure that she's not working too hard, she's been working a little bit from home. but they needed to make sure that she wasn't overtaxing
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herself, wasn't doing anything strenuo strenuous, resting her brain. >> and elise -- >> that she wasn't doing anything strenuous, that she was resting her brain. when you have a concussion, it's not just a bump on the head, this is a brain injury. they wanted to make sure she was resting. >> and doctors told her to take a rest. and now from this checkup, they've discovered this clot. elise labott, thank you. no deal out of capitol hill. the deadline, midnight tomorrow, will we have a deal by then? that's next.
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this hour's top story, breaking news tonight, hillary clinton will spend new year's eve in a new york city hospital with a blood clot. doctors admitted the secretary of state today after a exam.
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the clot is related to the concussion she suffered earlier this month. she fainted from the effects of a stomach virus. doctors want to keep a close eye on her for the next 48 hours. no vote tonight as negotiations on capitol hill stall in the final hours to avert falling over the fiscal cliff. senate leaders need to put something together to avoid tax increases for just about everyone and big spending cuts. senator claire mccaskill says a make or brake deal comes down to a few lawmakers on topic of raising taxes for the wealthy. >> it remains to be scene whether the republicans being driven by a very extreme group of house members will allow our economy to pert because of their desire to protect multimillionaires in this country. that's what it's going to boil down to. >> any plan would need house speaker john baner to bring it to the floor for a vote. republican representative tom
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cole says he's confident that boehner can get the votes he needs. >> on the speaker's plan, he had over 200 republican votes, it's not as if he had an awfully strong hand to play, if it's a deal john boehner can accept, it will be passed in a bipartisan manner with a very strong majority. if on the other hand he's neutral or not favorable, his chances will be a lot slimmer. >> lisa desjardins following the fiscal cliff negotiations on capitol hill. do you have any good news for us, lisa? >> reporter: the news is a little better than it was earlier today. we know negotiations are still happening. there was a point today where we thought there was a total breakdown. tonight it's between senator mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. we're some of the last people in the building. i know -- come on through, guys, if you want. there's one of the crews that -- the worker crews are starting to
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come into work tonight. we're the last reporting crew. all the members of congress have pretty much gone. the republicans in the house were meeting late tonight to try to talk about what to do, in the end this is what our producer deirdre walsh heard from them. the message is just sit tight, stay tuned and i think what we have to do, don, is find out tomorrow morning, whether there is any progress between senator mcconnell and vice president joe biden. there is definitely hope. there is not a lot of time. >> let me tell you this, lisa. when you see the workers there, and the crew that -- and those are the people who these negotiations are about. every day americans who work these types of jobs, who are every day americans and so there you go. i think that is absolutely tells the story. >> don, i want to -- >> go ahead. >> i want to sneak in one thing we found that hasn't been reported tonight. also on the table during negotiations, have been capital gains taxes.
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that came up with mitt romney. a lot of his taxes come from capital gains. those are investments that affect capital gains. republicans and democrats told us there's a discussion of adding a new capital gains rate for the wealthy. that's a big deal, that's something republicans have never talked about before in the past. but it's something that has been on the table during these negotiations. i was able to find that out today. we don't know if that will be in the final deal but it's something to watch for. there's a lot more on this table, i think, than people realize. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. >> you got it. hillary clinton is in the hospital tonight. the concern, a blood clot that's developed. we'll have the latest next. yea. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't.
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we're following breaking news tonight. it's a medical condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. she's in a new york city hospital where she'll remain at
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least for the next couple of days. according to her spokesman, doctors found a blood clot during a medical exam related to her concussion a few weeks ago. they want to keep her in the hospital for 48 hours for observation. 26 hours before the fiscal cliff deadline and for now, lawmakers have hit an impasse. what happens if no deal is reached? specifically, how much would you pay in taxes? there's a calculator online to help you figure that out. we have a breakdown. josh levs breaks it down. >> if you want to have a sense of how the fiscal cliff could affect you. in terms of how much more you would pay in taxes, let's take a look at this great tool right here, from the tax policy center, it's called the tax calculator. it allows you to plug in all sorts of information about yourself and family, to find out how your taxes would change based on all sorts of factors. now, it is just an estimate. it can't predict the future. but there are some really good ways to find out how the fiscal cliff would hit you at home.
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what we've done, we've taken a couple generic examples. let's start off with this one right here. this is a married couple with one child in college. if this couple has an income around $39,000 tax bill goes up $2,700. look at that right there. that's a big chunk of money out of that income. if they're making about $84,000. they'll be paying another $3,000 in taxes. and if this couple has high income, more than $137,000 they're looking at another $8,000 in taxes. that's just one set of generic examples there. there are all sorts of things along the way you can look at. depends what the deducks would be. let's take a look at this one here. if you're looking at a single person with no children, all right? income of about $46,000 that person will pay about another $1,300 in taxes. if that person has high income, about $158,000. that person will pay about $5,700 more in taxes. how will it work out for you? this is what you do. you go to this website, you give
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it all the information you can come up with, and it will crunch the numbers for you. to make it easy to find i put it up on facebook and twitter, i'm @joshlevscnn. after you do that, let that form your opinion and let us know what you think. send us a message on facebook or twitter, we'll share some of your messages here. >> thank you, josh. next we're going to go live to washington. is congress going to let this happen? are they really? next. [ nyquil bottle ] dude! [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't.
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if we go over the fiscal cliff tomorrow night, congress could still pass a bill in a couple weeks. there's no guarantee they'll be able to come to an agreement quickly.
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ryan lizza is a correspondent for the new yorker. it's good to see you during the night. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> this uncertainty that americans are living with right now, do you think a deal can be reached by tomorrow? >> you know, i don't know. it's -- right now, as cnn's been reporting, it's up to mitch mcconnell and joe biden. those apparently are the two men where the entire negotiations have moved to. senator harry reid, who runs the senate, left tonight and told reporters on the way out, if you want to know if there's a deal, talk to biden and mcconnell. they have a history of reaching agreements, in the white house, biden is known as the mcconnell whisperer, and he got that reputation a couple years ago, when he was able to forge a budget agreement in 2010. maybe -- maybe there will be a breakthrough, but there are a lot of liberals and a lot of
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conservatives who will argue that no deal is better than a bad deal that's rushed through tomorrow at the last second. that's another dynamic to keep in mind. >> when you said they have a history of making deals together, on which issue -- >> well, one -- >> on which issues do you think the two sides may end up compromising? >> well, the level at which taxes will rise above where they are right now, so obama's insistence has been, if you make over $250,000 a year, on the income over 250 you pay a little more in the new rates he's proposing. now, he's been willing -- it's been reported that he's gone as high as 400,000 in the negotiations with boehner. so that's a place for agreement. the other place is the estate tax. the estate tax is scheduled to rise by quite a bit at the stroke of midnight tomorrow night. republicans want to keep it low, democrats want it to go up a little bit. there's room for compromise
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there. and so, you know, it's not just marginal rates that are going up, there's a series of taxes that they're going to change. the thing that could not be settled today was this change cpi. essentially a benefit cut for social security recipients. that led to a breakdown in negotiations today, because republicans wanted those benefit cuts to social security. and democrats said no way. and that was the sticking point and that's when this thing moved from the senate over to biden and mcconnell where it is and will be overnight. we're not going to know until tomorrow morning if they come up with something. >> yes, and the senate went home, obviously. here's my question. i know we're americans, we're very myopic, we like to think everything is just about us here. this isn't just about americans, it's how about we look around the world. how other people perceive us. is this making us look bad beyond america? >> our political system is not working, don. that's the bottom line, whether you think we can afford to go
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over the fiscal cliff tomorrow night and repair the damage a few weeks later which is an option. whether you believe that or not, this thing has been out there. we've known about this for, you know, hundreds of days. we had an election where this was the front and center issue in our presidential election. and yet still we can't solve this issue. so remember when moodies downgraded us? they downgraded us, because they said our political system wasn't working and they didn't trust folks in washington to fix the economy. that's another -- this is another example of that, and i think people around the world look at it, and they just shake their heads and they don't understand why politics in washington is not working. we can go into the reasons and who's to blame for that, that's what we're left with as we face this deadline tomorrow night? >> we're all to blame, because we all put up with this every single time. thank you, thank you, ryan. appreciate it. >> thanks, don, good to see you.
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>> good to see you as well. we're watching two major stories for you tonight. one, the health of secretary of state hillary clinton. she's in the hospital right now with a blood clot. we've been talking about the fiscal cliff, as you heard, as you heard ryan hlizza say, there's no agreement yet, and not a lot of time left. the latest on both, next.
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getting close to the bottom of the hour, we want to get you a look at the headlines right now. secretary of state hillary clinton has been hospitalized, this after doctors discovered a blood clot. the former first lady had been cleared to go back to work when doctors made the discovery. she suffered a concussion after fainting a couple weeks ago. she had a nasty stomach virus and collapsed from dehydration. we have a live report coming up in just a couple minutes here on cnn. the other big story is the action or inaction on capitol hill. if lawmakers do not reach a fiscal cliff agreement, you could see your taxes skyrocket and deep spending cuts kick in. major sticking points, entitlements and tax increases. house republicans have ended their meetings for the night. we'll find out tomorrow whether vice president joe biden and mitch mcconnell have made any progress in their talks. any deal would have to get enough votes to pass the senate and the house.
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president obama says sandy hook school shooting was the worst day of his presidency. americans will have to explore their own feelings when his gun law reform proposals come out next year. >> the question then becomes, whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away. it certainly won't feel like that to me. >> the president says the law he's pushing will address assault style rifles, high capacity magazines and background checks. the fiscal cliff, it's not the only deadline pressing on congress. a five-year farm subsidies bill that expired in september was never renewed. house and senate members did come up with a short-term extension to prevent prices from going through the roof in january. a charter bus crashed today on interstate 84 near pendleton, oregon, killing nine people.
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it happened on this icy stretch of interstate. the bus skidded on the ice, left the road and tumbled 100 feet down the embankment. at least 26 others were injured. ♪ thousands of first responders came to honor one of their own today in webster, new york. he was one of two killed in an ambush on christmas eve. it's believed an ex-convict set houses on fire, and killed two firemen and wounded three others as they responded to the call. we're working with our sources at the state department and in new york tonight learning what we can about hillary clinton's medical situation. we found out a couple hours ago that the secretary of state was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot. elise labett is on the phone with an update. >> john, she was admitted to the hospital today after doctors
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found this blood clot. as you know, secretary clinton has been out for the last few weeks. she was suffering from a terrible stomach virus and it cascaded from there. she fainted out of dehydration, suffered a concussion, and has been resting for the last few weeks under a doctor's care. during a routine physical exam, i guess getting that all clear to go back to work this week, they did find a blood clot. we understand that secretary clinton does have a history of such blood clots in her leg. she was treated for one in 2008 during the midterm election. she was put on blood thinners there. we haven't heard that much from the secretary's office but we understand that they have a handle on it, and they think she's going to be just fine. >> think she's going to be just fine. obviously she will have to -- she'll have to have a reduced or minimized schedule because of this.
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>> well, obviously, don. and the last few years secretary clinton always has been someone that keeps a frantic pace even when she was first lady, when she was senator. the last few years, she's really been going at a frantic pace. they call her the everready bunny sometimes. the journalists that travel with her can't even keep up with her, she's always got some other group to visit. some other place to go, some other event and sometimes we could travel to three countries in a day. i mean, this is someone who really puts the pedal to the metal. she was looking to spend up until the very last day to be in the job until the very last day, until her successor, senator john kerry succeeds her. obviously this is a major set back for her. because she was looking to come back to work, she was looking to testify on the incident in benghazi which killed ambassador stevens and three other americans. there was a blistering report earlier this month that found
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lack of -- very poor security provided by the state department and a lot of people have been looking for secretary clinton to testify. >> can we talk a little bit more about that. there had been some criticism. there were some who believe the secretary of state was not as sick as she said she was, and that she was trying to avoid testifying about benghazi. >> that's right. she was scheduled to testify. she was scheduled to come back to work and testify. and it turns out her deputies tom nigh testified instead. and there were a lot of people, a lot of commentators who thought -- were accusing her of faking it. there were some senators and congressmen on capitol hill that said they know she's sick, but she still needs to testify, and they didn't think the issue would be closed on until that was settled, until she spoke before congress. and i think that was heavy on her mind. there's been a lot of talk about
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secretary clinton, whether she would run for president in 2016. she says she won't. a lot of people don't believe her. i think smats something, if she does end up wanting to run, if she says she won't but changes her mind, if she gets some rest, i think this is something she really wanted to hear -- have congress hear her word on, put this behind her and then she could put back the rest of her life, don. and i think that people accuse her of faking it are kind of reconsidering that right now. >> there are still conspiracy theorists out there, i've seen it tonight, even saying, i think it still could be. you know how that goes, elise. thank you very much. our other big story of the night, no deal in washington, can they do it in 24 hours what they haven't been able to do until now? next. but now, with zyrtec-d®, i have the proven allergy relief of zyrtec®, plus a powerful decongestant. zyrtec-d® lets me breath freer, so i can love the air. [ male announcer ] zyrtec-d®. behind the pharmacy counter.
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this whole fiscal cliff mess shows how incredibly out of touch you are with the way people really live in this country. you are off in lala land, and everyone's saying how you're acting like a bunch of spoiled brats who are more interested in being right than in doing the right thing and actually representing the people who elected you. >> aren't most folks that way, though? either way the folks on capitol hill have called it a day and they've gone home.
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they reconvene tomorrow morning, democrats and republicans are so far apart. >> the american people know what's at stake here, we have a tenuous recovery, we have more people going back to work now, businesses are a little more confident. but this is really important, this fiscal cliff is an important element in economic recovery, i hope we get it done. >> cross the aisle. republican congressman tom cole says a deal, any deal, will be hard to get done. >> there's not enough revenue in this package whatever the, quote, number is to fix the fiscal problems for the country. we're going to be in hand to hand warfare beginning in january with the continuing resolution, the debt ceiling and to try and deal with spending issues.
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>> continued uncertainty about tax and spending policies in 2013 could result in another recession. frustration seems to be the operative word tonight. if no fiscal cliff deal is reached, most everyone's taxes will go up tuesday with deep spending cuts kicking in. earlier i spoke with a democratic and republican strategist. maria cardona and anna navarro. they seemed to echo the sentiment of the voters. >> this is like, when you at the beginning of the year and you're in school at the beginning of the year, you get assigned a big project and you leave it until the last night. when i used to do that, my parents used to punish me. if kids were behaving the way these congress people are, they would all be in time-out. if it was the private sector, they'd all be fired. there's absolutely no excuse. the only solution lies with us, the american people, and with us the voters demanding that they start working together and actually coming up with something. we cannot continue having these spectacles every few months.
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it's like making sausage. >> can we talk about the optics of this, maria? there are many saying this is a republican and democratic problem, we're here because republicans won't play ball. >> well, i mean, it's easy for me to say that. i actually do think politically the republicans will suffer more if this doesn't get done. i mean, the republicans lost the election, a big reason was because middle-class americans, normal every day people didn't think this was a party that understood what they were going through. if they are now seen as being the ones that are making taxes go up on everybody, that's not going to be good for them. at the end of the day, this isn't good for democrats either. i don't think democrats or republicans want us to go over the cliff. while, again, republicans will be blamed more, democrats aren't
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going to come out smelling nice on this, either, because everybody, everybody, don, you, ana, me, we're frustrated, that we're waiting until the 11th hour for this to get done. the clock is ticking toward the showdown on the fiscal cliff. one of the big questions is, what will happen next? shawn tully is here, editor at large for "fortune" magazine, he joins us from new york right now. you have followed most of the major economic stories for more than 20 years now. i'm not trying to make you seem old. sometimes i do, when i say how long i've been doing this. is this the first time you've seen something go this close to the wire? >> i think so, don. and what's really troubling about the debate is really missed by a lot of commentators, this is really a spending issue. we understand that even if taxes go up on individuals making over 200,000 and families making over 250, it only plugs about 8% of the deficit problem over the
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next ten years. we have a $1.3 trillion deficit for 2012. it will be about a trillion for 2013. we're borrowing 35 cents on the dollar. the enormous problem is interest rates are way below normal, so when they spike, which they inevitably will, and the government is borrowing very short term to keep its costs down, the deficit is going to swamp the economy. and at that point you're going to have the debt crisis, and you're going to need a whole new stream of revenues. the only thing that paul krugman and paul ryan agree on, in a crisis situation, only a value-added tax will solve this problem. by raising marginal tax rates to get us out of this potential crisis. so we need very, very steep spending cuts, all of the emphasis and debate has been over marginal tax rates which are really a minor part of the solution, no matter what
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political strife you happen to be. you have to realize that tremendous spending cuts are necessary and already the -- any changes to social security have been ruled out in a short-term solution and it's going to be very difficult, congressman from oklahoma was correct, it's going to be hand-to-hand combat in the next session to get any cuts. no one is talking about major cuts except some on the republican side. >> i hear what you're saying, it sounds like, you know, i've read that this fiscal cliff thing is too much austerity so quickly. at one point. so what is the worst case scenario at this point? >> well, austerity works both ways. austerity for the public sector is stimulus for the private sector. it's the same money, you're just shifting it from one pocket to another pocket. spending cuts would be very reassuring to the markets.
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you're always hearing if government spending is cut all of a sudden all that money disappears from the economy. that's not correct. that money that has to be cycled into the private sector. that's a good thing. so austerity in terms of shrinking the size of government, or the growth of government, would be very, very healthy for the economy. austerity in europe is something elsewhere, because of the euro situation, you have to cut people's wages, to make those countries competitive again. that's a completely different issue. austerity in terms of reversing this tremendous increase we've had in government spending over the last four years, we've gone from 2.9 trillion to 3.8 trillion in spending, a 30 odd percent increase in four years. and there's no trend or motivation so far to reverse that or normalize that. so again, austerity for the public sector is stimulus for the private sector. >> all right.
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shawn tully, thank you very much. >> happy new year, don. >> you too as well. >> thank you, don. a mom and her kids reunited after they had been missing for nearly a week, thanks to a cnn viewer. thanks to you. hear their story next. hes, fev. and i relieve nasal congestion. overachiever. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't.
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it unfolded right here on cnn cnn. teresa nash came on our show making a desperate plea for help
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to find her two missing boys. a nationwide search was under way to locate ben and henry, they were on a holiday trip with their father in tennessee, they were supposed to return to georgia on december 24th, they never came back. during our live interview last night teresa made a desperate plea for help to find her sons. minutes after that interview, the boys called their mother, told her they were safe and that they were in austin, texas. police there tell cnn that someone at a hotel recognized the boy from the amber alert and our program and contacted police. theresa jumped on a plane to texas and was reunited with her sons just hours later. theresa and her sons have returned and they came here to our couch to share their story. she has not told them everything. but here's how our conversation went. >> tell us what happened at the hotel. >> we tried calling her, but it went to -- it seemed like her phone was shut off.
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and there was no -- it didn't turn -- it didn't answer. >> right. >> and then the man came in and said what? >> i forget. what man? >> the man came in and said, we've been looking for you everywhere? >> yeah. >> what happened? >> he said, we've been looking for you everywhere, and he showed us how much my mom loved us. he put on -- he got his phone out and showed us on the internet. >> and then you called your mom? >> yes, we called our mom. >> who called? who spoke first? >> me. >> what did you say? >> i forgot. >> you saed,id, yay! >> did you miss mommy all that time? >> very much. >> we didn't know. we had no idea, we didn't know. so we were kind of worried about you. did you know that? >> no. >> no? now you do? >> yeah, now we do. >> do you feel bad that you worried us? >> kind of. >> oh, come on, i'm kidding with you.
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>> so mommy -- >> yes. >> how do you feel? >> more grateful than i ever thought possible. grateful to everybody, grateful to you. it was this show that the gentleman had just seen. on my way home yesterday from taping i got a call. i'm answering every call. it was a gentleman, hello, my name is -- i don't know what his name is. but the fbi is going to let me know -- i'm sitting with your sons and they would like to talk to you. >> and. >> i said oh, my god, no, no, no, no, no. because i was so afraid it wasn't true. but all of a sudden henry was on the phone and he said, mommy. and i said yes, and he said yay! right? yep, yep. >> best sound you ever heard? >> oh, my goodness. >> what are you sharing with the boys, just that they couldn't get the reception? >> yes, absolutely. and everybody in this country
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has been looking for them. the people on all of the media has been helping and the fbi and every police officer in this country has been looking. people have been so thankful, we bumped into strangers all day in the airport. and the security officer and the ticket checker person, and they keep running up to the car and hugging us. everywhere, they just recognize us immediately. the boys didn't know that. they're so shocked. they think that they're a little bit of movie stars. i told them they get one week and then life goes back to or r normal. one week and i go back to shouting orders and not putting up with any junk. >> you can imagine there are many families that go through this, and it's not always a positive or happy outcome. >> yes. >> you understand that? >> i do. >> what do you say to those families? >> i was right there with you, and it is by the grace of god and all the people in this country and all the angels in
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heaven and people praying and the fbi and roswell police department and dan's family who were such a critical part of this relief effort. everybody pulled together. the delta folks, you all, the media has been our angels and we have all your names and huge boxes of thank you cards and we're going to start that pretty quick. >> you are in such a different place than you were when you came here yesterday. you could feel it, you were in pain. and now, your light and the world is open up to you again. >> it's all at peace. and we will be eternally grateful every minute of our lives for the rest of our life. >> all right, guys, all those people were wondering, where you are, they were worried about you, tell them, we're okay. >> we're okay. >> look right there. >> we're okay. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. >> thank you for praying. >> thank you for praying. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back.
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breaking news tonight, hillary clinton admitted to a new york city hospital. doctors admitted the secretary of state today, after a medical exam revealed a blood clot. it's believe to be related to the concussion she suffered earlier this month when she fainted from the effects of a symptom as virus.
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doctors want to keep a close eye on her for the next 48 hours. i spoke with cnn's chief medical correspondent earlier, and i asked him if it was a serious problem? >> the details are a little bit vague, don. but it sounds like she went in for a routine exam. they found a clot, a blood clot. they did not specify where the clot is located and she's now hospitalized on blood thinners, anti-coagulants as you mentioned. these are all important points. from a medical perspective, first of all, finding this on routine exam means that, you know, she didn't go in for some particular new problem or new concern. and the fact that she's on blood thinners specifically for this, really suggests to me, as a neurosurgeon we see this all the time, this is not a blood clot that's located in the brain but rather somewhere else in the body. probably the legs, for example, a deep veinous thrombosis. and that's something you would typically use anti-coagulants for.
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what was tough to decipher was that they didn't say whether this was related to the concussion or because she had to take rest be in bed or even just not doing much. and that could put someone at an increased risk for a blood clot or deep veinous thrombosis in the leg. that typically comes about from inactivity or decreased activity, don. >> she was told to decrease her activity because of the concussion. dr. gupta, the question is, going in to a doctor for a routine checkup on a sunday, wouldn't you think she would have to be symptomatic or something to go to the hospital or be checked out on a sunday? >> i do. i think it's a good point, don. i mean, obviously when you're secretary of state and you're hillary clinton, frankly. as you know, someone i know well. i worked for her in the past. maybe she had some leg pain.
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maybe there was something that was bothering her a little bit. i think the threshold, don, what i'm saying is maybe a little bit lower in terms of getting checked out. >> that was dr. sanjay gupta. negotiations on capitol hill stalled in the final hours to avert falling over the fiscal cliff. senate leaders need to put something together to avoid tax increases for everyone and big spending cuts. a make or break deal may come down to just a few lawmakers, says senator claire mccaskill. >> it remains to be seen whether the republicans being driven by an extreme group of house members will allow our economy to hurt because of their desire to protect multimillionaires in this country. and i think that's what's going to boil down to. >> any plan would need house speaker john boehner to bring it to a floor for a vote. republican representative tom cole says he is confident boehner can get the votes he needs. >> on the speaker's plan "b," he
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